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AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER
.DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING • 1304 WEST PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE • UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN • 61801
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From the Department Head
November, 1987, No. 1, 1987-88 series
This issue describes a variety of events and
activities from the summer and beginning of the fall
semester. We hope you will find these items of interest
and will also let us know subjects of your preference for
The Annual Summer Meeting of ASAE at Balti-
more was filled with significant events for our students.
The University of Illinois ASAE Student Engineering
Branch and the ASAE Student Mechanization Branch
(known as the lllini Ag Mech Club) both won first place in
the national FIEI competition. This was the first time both
clubs have placed first nationally in the same year. Their
pictures are featured below. In addition, the University of
Illinois clubs won first and second in the Micro-Mini
Tractor Pull contest with the Ag Mech club edging out the
The undergraduate enrollment is continuing a
trend of slow decline. The mix is also changing with more
students entering the five-year program and fewer enter-
ing the four-year engineering program. The present
counts are about 90 engineers and 25 agricultural mecha-
nization majors. We will continue to try to strengthen these
numbers but we have to do it by increasing our "market
share" since there is an undergraduate enrollment cap on
the University and in each college. Graduate student en-
Those attending the National ASAE summer meeting were: Dr.
Benson, Shawn Colgan, Dr. Pershing, Richard Gould, Joe
Bonwell, Troy Hobick, Doug Awe, Dr. Pearson). They placed
first in the FIEI Report competition and first in the micro-mini
tractor pull competition.
rollment reached a new high of 38 and the Department
continues to gain strength in several areas.
Engineering placement in general has become
more difficult for everyone due to a large decrease in the
number of companies recruiting on campus. This difficulty
has affected agricultural engineers too but our placement
has continued strong relative to other disciplines. Place-
ment of agricultural mechanization graduates has been
Three search committees are at work to fill three
open positions. Two are for replacements for Dr. Roland
Espenschied in Agricultural Mechanization and Dr. Wal-
ter Lembke in Soil and Water, who both retired on August
31. The third is a position in Food Engineering made
possible by new funding in Value Added Research to find
new uses and markets for Illinois commodities. The new
research program adds strength to the growing Food
As we look ahead we are confident that we will
have another strong year based on past achievements
and the known opportunities before us. As always, we
invite your personal news and welcome your visits and
your suggestions for our work and programs.
Roscoe L. Pershing
lllini Ag Mechanization Club representatives who attended the
ASAE summer meeting in Baltimore: Dr. Pershing, Eric Kraft,
Steve Hobson, Tim Aydt, Carl Schaeffer. They placed first in the
FIEI Report competition and second in the micro-mini tractor pull
Many members of the Agricultural Engineering
faculty and staff received blue ribbon awards in the
American Society of Agricultural Engineers Extension
Educational Aids competition.
In the TV Films and Motion Pictures category
Marvin Paulson and Gene Shove, along with Greer
Kimmel, Bill Creswell and Lowell HiJI received a ribbon for
"The Export Quality Challenge."
Warren Goetsch and Art Muehlincj also won
a blue ribbon for their production the "Construction
of Earth Tube Heat Exchangers"
Carroll Drablos worked with Harry Means of
SCS on "Maintenance of Drainage Systems in Illinois"
which received the ribbon in the Slides, Filmstrips and
Gary Riskowski and Duaine Bundy received
their blue ribbon in the Periodicals, Newsletters and
Manuals category for "MWPS-28, Farm Building Wiring
"Design Principles for Grain Aeration in Flat
Storage" was the title of William Peterson's winning
entry in the Circulars and Bulletins category.
Marvin Paulsen, Gene Shove and S. Gun-
asekaran were awarded an ASAE Paper Award for their
entry titled, "A Laser Optical Method for Detecting Corn
Kernal Defects," and Carroll Goering, along with R. A.
Niehaus, L. D. Savage, and S. C. Sorensen were awarded
an Honorable Mention from ASAE for their paper,
"Cracked Soybean Oil as a Fuel for a Diesel Engine.
Roland Espenschied and Walt Lembke were
honored September 18 with a retirement party at the
Chancellor Inn. Espy received a complete Nikon camera
set and Walt received a Craftsman table saw. The event
was enjoyed by about 150 people who attended.
Bob Aherin has completed the requirement? of
the Ph.D. degree at the University of Minnesota which
changes his appointment status to assistant
Loren Bode left in August for a nine montn
sabbatical at Texas A&M. He will be working with Fred
Bouse, USDA, ARS, on the use of particle measurement
system laser for spray droplet size and image analyzing
techniques for pesticide coverage on plants.
John Hummel has received a promotion to pro-
fessor which became effective in August.
Georgianna Noel's husband, Don, died at
Mercy Hospital in early August. He had Adult Respiratory
Distress Syndrome following heart bypass surgery six
Errol Rodda has returned to the Agricultural
Engineering staff after '.ponding two years as Chief of
Party for the University of Illinois TIPAN Project at the
Agricultural University, Northwest Frontier Province,
Peshawar, PAKISTAN. He has rejoined the Electric
Power and Processing staff and is teaching Ag Engineer-
ing 100 ttn', semester
Marvin Paulsen traveled to the Peoples Repub-
lic of China from October 10-30 to visit with the Liaoning
Foreign Affairs Office to determine the effects of harvest-
ing, drying and storage on corn and soybean quality and
to collect samples.
Frank Andrew, Professor Emeritus (B.S. '47),
was presented the Blackburn College Alumni Achieve-
ment Award for Significant Achievement in Professional
and Public Service. Frank is a 1 934 graduate of Blackburn
College at Carlinville, Illinois.
The lllini Ag Mech Club and the ASAE Student
Branch both won 1st place in the National Farm and in-
dustrial Equipment Institute (FIEI) Competition.
The outstanding clubs were also winners in the
tractor pull contest, with Joe Bonwell (Ag Mech) winning
first place and Eric Kraft (ASAE Student Branch) taking
second. Kraft was also elected the chairman of next year's
tractor pulling competition.
Troy Hobick was elected secretary of the Na-
tional Council of Student Mechanization Branches and
Carl Shaffer was elected 2nd vice-president of the Na-
tional Council of Student Engineering Branches,
(see pictures on front page)
C.I.G.R. Meets at Illinois
The Agricultural Engineering Department hosted
a successful conference of the Farm Buildings Section
(Section 2) of the International Society of Agricultural
Engineering (C.I.G.R.) on June 22-26.
The theme of the conference was "Latest Devel-
opments in Livestock Housing." About 40 technical
papers were presented during two busy days of semi-
Participants numbered 1 05 with about 30 accom-
panying persons from 14 countries. Study tours included
visits to beef, dairy and swine farms and a visit with a farm
builder. An extra tour on the last day included visits to on-
going research projects at the University.
Remarks from Illinois Secretary of Agriculture
Larry Werries highlighted the banquet. The conference
proceedings are available in a 417-page document from
Books donated to the Department
Henry E. Berns of Piano, Illinois has donated a
number of books and publications to the Department in
memory of the late Professor Glen W. McKuen of
Chebanse, Illinois. Professor McKuen graduated from the
U of I in 1915, he served with distinction in the Ag
Engineering Department at the Ohio State University
where Berns was a 1941 graduate.
The publications include 12 hard-covered books,
54 soft-covered books and 3 historical magazines. Most
of the publications are about engines, machines, and cars
and some date back as far as 1905. The Department is
grateful for this worthwhile addition to the Ag Engineering
Drainage Districts Surveyed
Ready for a non-polluting power system with no
moving parts? A demonstration solar generating station
that fits that description is now in operation at the Coop-
erative Extension Center in Effingham.
The Department of Agricultural Engineering was
awarded the contract by the Illinois Department of Energy
and Natural Resources (ENR) forthe purpose of showing
the feasibility of a "residential-scale utility-interactive"
photovoltaic system in downstate Illinois. On the lawn of
the Extension Center at Effingham, two arrays of silicon
solar cells, representing different cell technologies, gen-
erate two kilowatts each of DC power. A pair of "power
conditioning systems," or inverters, located in the base-
ment of the extension center, change the DC power to
240-volt AC power. Tying the output power directly into
the building's service entrance (a "utility-interactive"
connection) allows the solar-generated electricity to dis-
place upto fourkilowatts of powerthat would otherwise be
purchased from the power company. The building is
expected to use all the power generated by the solar
system; otherwise, any excess power could be sold to the
Central Illinois Public Service Company, the util-
ity supplying the extension center, is cooperating with the
project by supplying some of the metering equipment.
CI PS representatives are interested in the quality of
power produced by the system and in how well the solar
power output follows the utility's local demand.
Ted Funk, area extension ag engineer housed in
the Effingham office, serves as the principal investigator
supervising placement of the solar cell arrays, wiring of
the system into the building, selecting and creating data
acquistion equipment, etc. He says all equipment is
working as advertised, including the automatic "wake-up
and shut-down" functions of the inverters. Gene Shove,
project manager, and Larry Pruiett, ag engineering tech-
nician, assisted in putting together a comprehensive
monitoring system to collect the operational data.
Ted and Gene are enthusiastic about this demonstration
photovoltaic project and welcome inquiries about its per-
formance. The site will be available for tours and visits. It
is located north of Effingham on the south side of high-
ways 1-57 and 1-70.
Mobil Solar Energy Corporation of Waltham, MA,
manufactured the 9-module ribbon-cell array; Integrated
Power Corp. of Rockville, MD supplied the array and
associated hardware. The polycrystalline-cell array,
made in Rockville, MD by Solarex Corp. and supplied by
Sunwize Energy Systems of Chicago, consists of 48
modules. Inverters were obtained from Delta Electronic
Controls division of Helionetics, Inc., and Photoelectric
Inverter, both of CA.
Warren D. Goetsch, University of Illinois Area
Extension Engineer, recently completed a six month
study leave reviewing activities of Drainage Districts in Il-
Stationed in Springfield, Goetsch's study cen-
tered on the problems and concerns of Illinois Drainage
Districts. A survey was conducted contacting 1 64 current
commissioners throughout the state. The number of pro-
fessional services retained by districts proved to be sur-
prising: 87% of the districts retained lawyers, while only
10% retained engineers and 9% retained land improve-
ment contractors. The level of district activity was ad-
dressed by questions regarding the last major district
cleanout and/or special assessment. Two-thirds of the
districts surveyed had made a major cleanout during the
past ten years.
Commissioners also identified the types of prob-
lems they encounter managing districts. Landowner
apathy, opposition from environmentalists, brush control
and siltation were cited as the most predominate prob-
lems and concerns of commissioners.
Another section of the survey looked at the as-
sessment methods of districts. Commissioners identified
a proportional rate based on benefit and aflat rate per acre
as the two most widely used methods of land assessment.
Two major tasks were identified from the project
to aid drainage district commissioners in the performance
of their duties: (1) the development of a continuing
educational program for commissioners, and (2) the
development of a method of assessment which is easily
understood and applied. Suggested solutions for both
tasks were made which include a model educational
program outline and the need for a modified assessment
Ted Funk stands between the Solarex array at the photo-
voltaic generation system at Effingham, Illinois.
Lyle Reeser (B.S. '46) was the recipient of the
Kishida International Award at the June ASAE meeting in
Baltimore. This award was in recognition of international
expertise in tropical agriculture with special emphasis on
mechanizing sugarcane, rice, corn and soybean produc-
tion in developing countries. He has devoted all of his
professional career to international agriculture including
13 years of residence outside the U.S. Lyle has retired
after 37 years with Caterpillar, Inc. He is presently working
on promoting renewable fuels.
Wendell Bowers (B.S. '48, M.S. '56) visited the
Department in June. Wendell is retired from Oklahoma
Robert Rowe (B.S. '49) was elected to the grade
of Fellow at the June ASAE meeting at Baltimore. Bob has
retired from the U.S. Steel Corp. and lives in Pittsourgh
where he still does consulting work.
Erwin Arends (B.S. '60) now works with D.E.
Roby & Associates, Decatur. He says this is a consulting
engineering group with emphasis in structural engineer-
ing, grain processing and materials handling. Don Nixon
(B.S. '86) also works with Roby & Associates.
Charles Spillman (B.S. '60, M.S. '63) has de-
cided to give up the Chairman of the Department and
return to teaching and research within the Department of
Agricultural Engineering at Kansas State University.
Earl Reinkensmeyer (B.S. '61) is manager of
Computer Aided Design for NCR, Microelectrics Division
at Dayton, OH. He and his wife have two sons, Jeffrey who
is completing his B.S. in Geology at Ohio State University
with plans to continue on in Ceramic Engineering and
David, a senior at MIT in Electrical Engineering who is
also working part time at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab
on robot learning.
John Rosendahl (B.S. '62) is now service man-
ager for Deutz-Allis Corp. at Milwaukee, Wl. He moved to
Deutz-Allis when Allis-Chalmers sold its farm equipment
line in 1 985 He says he is struggling to merge the A-C and
Deutz-Fahr lines together and to learn German.
Arthur Greiner (B.S. '63) writes that he is now a
Colonel in the US Air Force and is the Director of
Program Planning with the U.S. Atlantic Command, lo-
cated in Norfolk, VA He and his wife Susan have two
daughters, Jennifer (19) and Patricia (16).
David Olson (B.S. '63, MS. '65) is Assistant
Professor of Engineering at the College of DuPage,
natural Sciences Division, Glen Ellyn, IL. David and his
wife Bonnie have two daughters, Julie who received her
B.S. and is working on a Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology at
is currently teaching music at Amboy, IL.
Richard Hook (B.S. '64) returned to the John
Deere Des Moines Works two years ago where he is
Senior Division Engineer-Product Engineering. Previ-
ously he had spent more than six years at the John
Deere Horicon Works at Horicon, Wisconsin. Dick and
his wife Sandy have two children, Tamara (13) and
John Lloyd (B.S. '64) went on in Civil Engi-
neering at the Ul and received his M.S. in '65 and his
Ph.D. in '68. He is presently professor in the School of
Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. His
wife Heather is reference librarian at the OSU library.
Merrill Pinter (B.S. '67) writes that he is Chief
Engineer at Kress, Corporation, Brimfield, IL. He and his
wife Barbara have four children, Scott (19), a freshman
honors student at Notre Dame, Paula (17), Mark (15) and
John Tunnell (B.S. "67, M.S. 72) is Problem
Elimination Coordinator with Teepak, Inc. in Columbia,
S.C. He writes that he has been with Teepak for eight
years and is deeply involved with coordinating a push to
make quality their #1 priority.
Leland Wolken (B.S. '67, M.S. 68, Ph.D. 71)
writes that he left General Dynamics in March, 1986, and
now is Corporate Director, Quality Assurance for Williams
International at Walled Lake, Ml, where they produce
small turbine engines primarily for the Cruise Missile
Roy Mann (B.S. '69, M.S. 71) is currently staff
engineer, Engine and Systems Engineering for J I Case
Co. at Hinsdale, IL. He says he is currently responsible for
engine engineering worldwide for J I Case. He has fin-
ished an MBA at the University of Winconsin, Madison.
Donald Tate (B.S. 70, M.S. 71) is President of
Tate Farm Equipment Inc. in Stewardson, IL. He and his
wife Sharon have three daughters, Christine (16), Jen-
nifer (12) and Katherine (5).
Robert J. Gustafson (B.S. 71, M.S. 73) has
been appointed to the position of Chairman of the Agricul-
tural Engineering Department at Ohio State University.
Allen Rider (Ph.D. 73) served as the Master of
Ceremonies for the ASAE Banquet at Baltimore in June.
He is vice-president of engineering at New Holland, Inc.
Scott Barclay (B.S. 74) is farming with his
brother. They operate about 1 ,000 acres of row crops and
raise 3.000 hogs a year in a farrow-to-finish operation.
Alumni News Cont.
Norm Wettstein (B.S. 74) is president of N.D.
Wettstein Corp., a manufacturer's representative with his
primary client being Aerovent Fan and Equipment Co. He
lives at Goodfield, IL. He and his wife Terry have three
daughters, Terry (12), Katie (10) and Nicole(4 ).
Robert Sweedler (B.S. Ag Mech 75) reports that
he is president of Charlmar Acres, Inc. at Elwood, IL
where he manages and operates 1 ,800 acres of land and
is a commercial pilot.
Randy Pound (B.S. '82) is process engineer,
Coated Technical Group for Champion International
Corporation at Courtland, Alabama. He and his wife
Marjorie live in Decatur, AL.
Paul Horcher (B.S. Ag Mech '83) writes that he
is now manager and share holder with R-Unique Hol-
steins Inc. at Hampshire, IL. R-Unique had the 1986
Illinois State Fair Grand Champion and the Indiana State
Fair Grand Champion Holstein.
Kreg Gruben (B.S. '85) is now a doctoral candi-
date in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins Univer-
sity School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.
Randy Hartwig (B.S. '85) is a research assistant
in the Agricultural Engineering Department at Iowa State
University. He says he is still working part time on his M.S.
Daniel Williams (B.S. '85, M.S. "87) is now proj-
ect engineer for Moog Automotive Systems at Stuart,
Florida. He is currently enrolled in the MBA program at the
Florida Institute of Technology.
Craig Fink (B.S. '86) is working for the Logan
County Highway Department as a civil engineering tech-
nician. His work consists largely of bridge design and
Sound Control in AESB
Before the Agricultural Engineering Sciences
Building was accepted from the contractor, it was noted
that there was a need for better sound control in some
areas. Money was set aside by the Illinois Capitol Devel-
opment Board from the project funds while a study was
made of how to cure some of the problems. Work began
in early September to install accoustical ceilings in third
floor offices both to absorb sound and to reduce its
transmission to adjacent offices.
The electrical switch gear room on second floor
will be sound proofed to help conditions in a first floor
teaching laboratory and a compressor in the mechanical
room on second floor will have its mounting improved to
reduce vibration and noise that stops classes in a few
teaching labs on that floor and tends to lift professors out
of their chairs on the third floor. The building has been
occupied for almost four years now and a surprising
number of adaptions have already been necessary to
accomodate new and different programs.
Remodeling of Room 217
The remodeling of Room 217 into a Reading/
Meeting room is progressing well. The sprinkler system
has been modified, air conditioning ducts extended, car-
peting has been layed, beams to support the room divider
track are in place and the wiring and light fixtures have
been changed to accomodate a drop ceiling.
Finishing the ceiling around the room divider is
scheduled to be completed by the end of September and
the kitchen will be finished when the sink cabinet that
matches the existing cabinets arrives. The room could not
be used the first week of school but tables and chairs are
being moved in and out as necessary so faculty and
students can use the space until the project is complete.
All of the work is being paid from gift funds. The
students and faculty thank those who have contributed
and would like to remind everyone that there is still not
enough money to replace the folding tables and steel
chairs that now furnish the room. Improvements to other
parts of the building also await funds. Thank you for
considering our needs.
ASAE Central Section Meeting
The Central Illinois Section of ASAE met at the
Agricultural Engineering Department on Saturday, Octo-
ber 18. The featured speaker was Robert Lanphier,
president of Dickey John Corporation, located in Auburn,
Illinois. Those attending enjoyed his challenging speech.
Ed Hansen, Professor Emeritus, received a pin
and certificate as recognition for 50 years as an ASAE
Otto E. Johnson of Canton, Illinois (B.S. "43) and
Frank Andrew, Professor Emeritus (B.S. *47), received
recognition for 40 years as an ASAE member.
Mark Ulrich, of Eureka, Illinois, was named the
top sophomore agricultural engineering student last year
at the U of I and the Central Illinois Section of ASAE
provided him with a handbook of his choice, which was the
Mechanical Engineers Handbook. A junior majoring in the
Power and Machinery area, Mark graduated from
Roanoke-Benson High School in Roanoke, Illinois.
New officers elected were Jim Evans (SCS in
Champaign), chairman; Jerry Christensen (Morton Build-
ings of Morton, IL), vice-chairman, programs; Les Chris-
tianson (U of I), vice-chairman, membership; and Bruce
Litchfield (U of I), secretary-treasurer.
After the official meeting, Ag Engineering Depart-
ment staff members demonstrated two research projects,
the ethanol fumigated tractor and the corn image ana-
The enjoyable afternoon was spent visiting at the
first College of Engineering Tent Party and the Illinois-
Wisconsin football game.
Dr. Les Christianson holds the display sign up to the newly built
Fan Test Chamber. It was funded by Chicago Climate Systems
and built by students.
The Agricultural Engineering Department has a
record numberof graduate students this semester. Thirty-
eight are working toward an advanced degree in Ag En-
gineering. Below is a listing of the new Fall '87 graduate
Tsen-Yuang Chang - B.S. Feng Chai University,
Tiawan; M.S. Civil Engineering, Ul; working on M.S. in
soil and water.
Ann Kenimer - B.S. and M.S. in Ag Engineering,
VPI; working on Ph.D. in soil and water.
Day-Lin Liu - M.S. from National Taiwan Univ.,
Taiwan; working on M.S. in soil and water.
Huaipu Song - B.S. and M.S. Jinlin University,
China; studied at Iowa State University ; working on Ph.D.
in the value- added area.
Kenneth Tarbell - B.S. and M.S. VPI; JBT award
recipient working on Ph.D. in power and machinery.
Jainshun Zhang - B.S. and M.S. Beijing Univer-
sity, China; visiting scholar at U of Minnesota; working on
Ph D. in structures and environment.
In addition, we have four students finishing MS.
degrees with us and starting Ph.D. programs:
Stuart Birrell - B.S. Univ. of Natal, South Africa;
working on Ph D. in power and machinery.
Bill Casady Quincy, working on Ph.D. in the
electric power and processing area.
Mike Glngerich Bourbonnais, accepted a
teac 1 'on ,it Olivet Nazerene College at Kankakee
but will bo working part time on a Ph.D. in soil and water.
Rod Korthals - B.S South Dakota St. Univ.;
working on a Ph D in structures and environment.
Aggas Toghlani-Pozveh immigrant from Iran,
'A University; M.S. South Dakota St.; work-
ing on Ph D in soil and water.
Industry Supports Fan Research
As government support of university research
funding diminishes, university researchers are cooperat-
ing more with industry on research projects. One example
of this cooperative effort is the fan test chamber being
constructed at the Agricultural Engineering Department.
The funding for the project was provided by
Chicago Climate Systems. Design and management are
being provided by Dr. Les Christianson and Dr. Gary
Riskowski. Labor is being provided by agricultural engi-
neering students. Chicago Climate Systems is a subsidy
of Chicago Blower Systems and manufactures environ-
mental control systems for livestock and horticultural
The fan test chamber will be registered by the Air
Movement and Control Association (AMCA) and will
measure airflow performance and fan efficiency. It will be
capable of testing 1 0,000-30,000 cf m fans with diameters
up to 4 feet. The chamber will be used to rate commercial
fans and will greatly increase the interaction between in-
dustry and university personnel on fan design. Research
will also be conducted on new fan designs and on the
effects of wind and fan attachments on fan performance.
The fan test chamber is one piece of equipment
in the Bioenvironmental Laboratory being developed.
This laboratory is not just a room or building, but rather a
research center that consists of researchers and facilities
for doing cooperative research with industry. Industry
benefits from this type of lab by obtaining solutions to
immediate technological problems and from the direct
interaction with university personnel. The university also
benefits from this interaction as well as the research
Industry can greatly help agricultural engineer-
ing research efforts by informing the faculty of their needs
and by supporting engineering or technical projects.
Simply having statements from people in industry that say
a certain proposed research project meets one of their
major needs increases the department's chances of hav-
ing that project funded, especially if pledges of support in
the form of money or materials are available. If the
research is not funded by a government agency, it can still
be funded by a company or consortium of companies.
Changes in patterns of government funding of
research have put people in a new environment. With the
help received from industry, the Agricultural Engineering
Department should not only adapt to the changes but
should end up better because of them.
The ASAE Career Development and Coopera-
tive Education Committee is publishing a newsletter, the
"Co-op Corner." This newsletter is designed to be espe-
cially useful to agricultural engineers who are potential
employers of co-op students in the industry, and also to
advisors, department heads and other university faculty.
For a copy, contact. DR. Hunt, 207 Engineering Hall,
13^8 W. Green St., Urbana, IL, 61801
Award winners at the Student-Staff Party: Gregory Wibben, Carl
Meinhart, Dr. Pershing, Edward Leigh, Kurt Gruben. Mike
Schilling is missing from the photo.
JBT Graduate Fellowship
The College of Agriculture has began a new
fellowship program for talented young agricultural scien-
tists to pursue a Ph.D. program. To help fulfill the quest
to attract the top scientific talent into the college's gradu-
ate programs, the fellowship is set up so each recipient
receives an unrestricted stipend of $1 0,000 per academic
year and is subject to renewal for two additional years,
provided outstanding progress has been made toward the
doctoral degree. This program is privately funded through
endowments and gifts from various individuals and or-
ganizations. The unrestricted stipend may be augmented
by Departmental funds to attract the excellent graduates
desired Kenneth A. Tarbell is one of the eight students ac-
cepted for this program and he will be working with the De-
partment of Agricultural Engineering.
Kenneth, a native of Virginia, received his B.S. in ag
engineering magna cum laude atVirginia Polytechnic
Institute in 1 982, and his MS there in 1 983. He specializes
in the application reliability and statistical methods in
structural design of wood components. Kenneth has been
employed by an engineering firm in Dallas, Texas as a
design engineer and general manager and now plans to
pursue his doctoral work here at the University in proba-
bilistic modeling and expert systems development.
In 1987, the agricultural engineering department
also had eight new undergraduate students in Ag Engi-
neering and Ag Mech join the JBT undergraduate schol-
arship program. This program awards each student a total
of $2,500 to use over the 4-year program if they maintain
a 4.3 academic record.
About 25 people from the department attended
the Illinois-Purdue football exchange during the game at
Purdue, October 10. Those attending enjoyed seven
research stops set up by the Purdue Agricultural Engi-
neering Staff. The Purdue staff also provided lunch before
the participants sat through the wet, cold football game.
Many students and staff members turned out for
the Student-Staff Get Acquainted Party Sunday, Septem-
ber 13. After introductions and greetings from the
Deapartment Head and several Deans, there were
games and food.
Several undergraduate educational awards were
presented. Three $300 awards to beginning freshman
who show promise of assuming a future leadership role in
the Agricultural Engineering profession were presented
to Kurt Gruben of Rochelle, Edward Leigh of Avon, and
Gregory Wibbon of Hartsburg.
Mike Schilling of Mattoon was awarded $500 as
the sophomore who had the best record of achievement
and progress as a freshman. Both the freshman and
sophomore awards were made available from the E.W.
Lehmann Scholarship Fund.
Carl Meinhart, Montrose, was awarded $300 as
the transfer student who shows the most promise of
assuming a future leadership roll in the Ag Engineering
profession. He had attended LakeLand Community Col-
lege at Mattoon, IL. The transfer student award was made
available from the F. B. Lanham Memorial Fund.
Visitors from India
Dr. S.K. Vyas colaborated with Don Day on large
scale biogasification systems and Er. M.S. Seekree
worked with Errol Rodda on energy systems and micro
computer applications to agriculture.
Two faculty from the Punjab Agricultural Univer-
sity (PAU), Ludhiana, India, have spent four to six weeks
with the Department on a United Nations FAO study
PAU has a College of Agricultural Engineering
established in 1965 with departments of Civil, Electrical,
Mechanical, Farm Power and Machinery, Processing and
Agricultural Structures and Soil and Water Engineering.
The College has undergraduate programs in
Agricultural Engineering and graduate programs in all
departments. A school of Energy for Agriculture was
started in 1982 and offers a Ph.D. in energy production in
Research programs are planned to develop suit-
able technologies that optimize energy inputs to produc-
tion agriculture. Graduates will be qualified for joining the
faculty of agriculture universities and research institutes.
Dr. Vyas gave a interesting seminar on the
development of biogas plants in India. He said that the first
biogas plant was developed in the 1930's, but only since
the big energy crisis has there been a big emphasis to
develop many new plants.
He presented figures showing 20,000 biogas
plants in India in 1975, 100,000 in 1981 and 800,000 in
1 987. Their goal is to have 6 million by 1 990, an ambitious
project for a country that desperately needs the energy.
U of I Service Awards
At a recent Department coffee, Dr. Pershing
presented Don Dodson, Kenny Umbarger and Geor-
gianna Noel, University of Illinois service awards and
Kenny Umbarger was awarded a certificate for
being with the University for 30 years, all of which have
been spent working on the Agricultural Enginering farm.
He presently is foreman at the farm and lives in Homer
with his wife and son. They have three sons and one
Don Dodson has been with the University for 25
years and the Agricultural Engineering Department for
three. He started at Mechanical Engineering and then
moved to Physics, but spent most of his time with the
Geology Department. He is listed as an instrument maker
for the main shop. He has just built a new home south of
Georgianna Noel has been with the University
and the Agricultural Engineering Department for 35
years. She started as a secretary in the Department just
after graduating from Homer High School in 1952. She
has served as the Department's head secretary for 30
years. She lives at Homer Lake with her daughter Stacy.
This is the first edition of the 1987-88 series of
the University of Illinois Agricultural Engineering
Public Relations Committee
A.J. Muehling, Chairman
Untversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Agricultural Engineering Department
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